Teacher Mindy Cox, or Cheryl VanVoorhies
Age 8-24 weeks
Class size up to 8
Duration 1 hr per week / 5 Weeks
Category Puppy
$ 160.00
It’s time to Homeschool your pup!

With Good Pup! you will enjoy customized puppy training in the convenience of your home.

Learning the right way to behave means that instead of focusing only on obedience, your pup begins to understand what the correct choice is to make in any context and chooses to do it. This is a dog who is a pleasure to be around.

We also want to build resilience and confidence in your pup so that he can cope with life’s surprises and stresses.

These are the valuable Life Skills we teach in class.
  • Having Confidence
  • Liking Surprises
  • Enjoying being touched
  • Building Self-control
  • Being calm
  • Learning to Listen
  • Having Good Manners
  • Making Choices
  • Expressing Opinions Politely
That cute little puppy got you chasing your tail?

Take Good Pup! and learn all you need to know to survive (and enjoy!) puppyhood, and watch your pup grow into the well-behaved adult companion you look forward to. We will cover:

Skills including basic obedience and manners to get your pup focused and following your direction using positive reinforcement and rewards (we never use scary or harmful punishment!). Now is the time to build that all-important life skills foundation which sets the stage for life.

Problem-solving to make short work of housetraining, and to stop your puppy from using you as a chew toy (ouch!).

Problem prevention to ensure your pup grows into an adult dog you can truly enjoy– friendly, relaxed, well behaved, and fun.

Socialization: This is the best time to get your pup used to the world. This is the age when he or she is most open to novel experiences. We will teach you the right way to do this! (Yup, do it incorrectly and your pup may become more sensitized not less.) Socialization is so much more than just playing with other dogs. It means your dog feels positively toward a variety of people, animals, sounds, places, and objects.

Survive & thrive!
  • We have added some fun tricks to the class to get your pup working closely with you. Teamwork and partnership are key!
  • Build important skills such as ignoring distractions and paying attention to you right from the start.
  • Teach self-control so that your pup chooses good behaviors.
  • In 5 weeks your pup will begin learning important basic skills such as sit, lie down, stay, come, walk nicely on the leash, go to your place, and the all-important impulse control. You will learn strategies for successful potty training and biting.

What are the advantages of live Zoom learning?

  • Same training expertise as always.
  • It’s convenient. No need to travel. Wear your pajamas if you want; nobody will judge!
  • Fewer distractions which can slow learning for some puppies. It’s perfect for high energy, easily distracted, or shy puppies. It means more attention to you.
  • Older puppies can attend Good Pup! (In our Ideal Puppy class, we limit it to puppies up to 18 weeks at the start of class. In this class, your puppy up to 6 months can join.)
  • No pandemic concerns. Learn in the comfort of your home. Get the whole family involved!
  • No worries if you have to miss a class- they will be recorded.
  • We are here live via Zoom to watch and help you, and you can watch our demos for quicker understanding too.
  • Easy technology using your phone, laptop, or computer.

Scheduled Puppy Classes

This is why all puppies should start learning early (as soon as you bring them home!)

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Before five months of age your puppy is much more open to experiencing new things, so it is very important to begin socializing and learning prior to this age.  This time will set the stage for the rest of your puppy’s life. This is truly a once-in-a-puppy’s-lifetime chance to show your puppy how to confidently relate to unfamiliar people, animals, strange sights, sounds, and events. He needs to learn to adapt to the world around him and feel at ease. It is crucial that this developmental stage is used wisely! Let us help guide you.

Socialization done correctly is critical in your puppy’s emotional development. Here’s how to do it right.

Positive (not scary for your pup) exposure to new places, faces and other animals should continue well past the class and into social maturity at around 3 years of age. If the exposure is not reinforced your puppy will lose this critical advantage that began in class.

That’s why it’s important that you register your puppy for school. Whether or not you are actively teaching your pup, she is learning something new every day. Let’s be sure she learns the right things! We work on attention, recalls, sit, down and stays with increasing duration, distance, and distraction.

We will also teach leave it, send to mat, polite greeting and discuss housetraining, mouthing, and other important issues such as how to do socialization right (yes, it’s much more than just playing with other dogs).

These are some of the things you will need to have with you for class.

Small soft treats. Prepare lots (a whole baggie full)!

  • The size of the treats should depend on the size of the dog, but in general, each individual treat should be no larger than your fingernail.
  •  You want small soft treats that are easily chewed and immediately swallowed.  You can have several different kinds in snack bags.
  • Some good things to use for training treats are string cheese, low-fat hot dogs, homemade liver treats, cooked chicken, liver, or roast beef, cut into very small pieces.
  • In addition, you can also bring “pre-made” treats such as Zukes, Buddy Biscuits soft treats, Lean Treats, etc.

Clicker. I recommend one that has an opening to attach a wrist coil so it’s easy to hold and manipulate.

Treat bag. These are nylon bags which either clip onto your pants or come with a belt to hang around your waist. The treat pouches may also have a pocket to hold the clicker. The best ones open and close quickly and securely with one hand so treats are quickly accessible and don’t drop out easily and distract your dog.

Tug toys. Please have one or two of your dog’s favorite.

Plain buckle collar or martingale, or harness (absolutely no choke chains or pinch collars). You may have your dog on a Gentle Leader Head Halter or in an Easy Walk harness in addition to a regular collar.

Soft, 6-foot lead (cotton webbed or soft leather are nice). No retractable leashes, please.

Mat for your dog to lie on and to teach go to mat. This can be a fleece crate mat, low-pile bath mat (with non-skid bottom is great), yoga mat, etc. It should more than fit your dog when he or she is lying down.

Stuffed Kong. Great for keeping your pup occupied during demos. Go to kongcompany.com/recipes/.

You should wear a good pair of sneakers or comfortable shoes.

Our training techniques are completely positive; we use a lot of food incentives, combined with clicker training for many concepts.  Accordingly, please feed much less than usual before class.  Your dog will be more responsive if he is a little hungry but not too hungry.  Also, you may want to cut down on your dog’s food a little as he will be getting a lot of calories from his training treats and you don’t want him to gain weight.